All Eyes on San Francisco: Not to Miss Arts Events and SFMOMA Re-Opening

April 25, 2016

LSS Art Advisory reviews Bay Area exhibitions and art happenings as the city gears up for the public reopening of SFMoMA on May 16th.

James Turrell at Pace Gallery. Photo curtesy Pace Gallery.

First Exposure’s 7th annual benefit and silent auction, Looking Forward, Giving Back, will be held on April 26th at SOMarts from 6-9 pm. First Exposure is a photography and mentor program that enables at-risk youth to pursue self-expression, creativity, and life skills through the arts.

Ai Weiwei, Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain, Haines Gallery. Photo curtesy Haines Gallery.

Art Market San Francisco returns to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion from Friday April 29th until Sunday May 1st. Over 35 galleries will be exhibiting from the Bay Area, LA, New York, and beyond. The Preview Reception, benefiting the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is Wednesday April 27th from 6 to 9 pm and the Art Party is Thursday 28th from 6 to 10 pm.

Teresita Fernandez,Small American Fires, Anthony Meier Fine Arts. Photo curtesy Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Pace Gallery welcomes its permanent location in Menlo Park with a James Turrell inaugural exhibition that runs from April 28th until July 30th, featuring Turrell’s Reflective Hologram and Wide Glass Series.The opening reception will be on April 17th from 4 to 7 pm.

Jessica Dickinson, Are: Now Altman Siegel. Curtesy of Altman Siegel.

Thursday April 28th proves to be a bustling day in the SF arts scene, with several notable opening receptions. Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is hosting the much-anticipated Laura Owens exhibition with an opening reception on the 28th at 6:30 pm. The Anton Kern/Andrew Kreps pop-up gallery will exhibit a group show at Minnesota Street Project from April 28th to May 21st, with the opening on the 28th from 5 to 8 pm. Fraenkel Gallery will show Christian Marclay: Six New Animations from April 28th to June 25th at 49 Geary Street. Altman Siegel has a Jessica Dickinson opening on the 28th, running until July 2nd. Finally, Haines Gallery presents an Ai Weiwei exhibition, entitled Overrated, from April 28th to July 2nd.

Pae White, Underthere, Anton Kern/Andrew Kreps Pop-up Gallery. Photo curtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery.

Other highlights include Bridget Riley at Berggruen Gallery (April 27-June 30), Isaac Julien at Jessica Silverman Gallery (April 22 –June 11), and Teresita Fernandez at Anthony Meier Fine Arts (April 21th-May  27th).


Finally, a Richard Serra inaugural exhibition entitled Plane.Site will premier at Gagosian Gallery’s new location at 657 Howard Street from May 18th to August 27th.


Enjoy this plethora of contemporary art exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next month.

Laura Owens, Untitled, Wattis Institute. Photo curtesy of Wattis Institute.